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Today, Norway is a Paradise for Terrorists

By Keerthi Warnakulasuiya in the Sinhala language

I was warned and advised by a senior intelligence officer indicating that Oslo is a paradise of terrorists after hearing that I am proceeding to Norway. I myself knew that Norway is a safe haven to many international terrorists. This was confirmed to me by Mr. R. Folk, the head of the Norwegian anti-terrorist center.

All hostages taken from Russian school gym - Ifax

All hostages were taken out of the gym of a school after Russian special forces stormed the building where they had been held by armed gunmen, news agency Interfax reported on Friday.

Gunfire, bloodied hostages at Russia school siege

Hostages ran screaming amid explosions and automatic fire from a Russian school on Friday where hundreds of children and adults had been seized by an armed group demanding Chechen independence.

Conflicting Reports: Up to 1,500 hostages in Russia siege

An armed gang that stormed a school in southern Russia may be holding as many as 1,500 hostages, far above the official figure of 350, newspapers quoted freed hostages on Friday as saying.

Indian Truck Drivers Return Home, Happy and Healthy

By R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

After their 42-day captivity in trouble-torn Iraq with Death staring in their faces every minute, the three Indian hostages, Antaryami, Tilak Raj and Sukhdev Singh returned home early Friday.

Bush promises a safer world, more hopeful America

President George W. Bush promised the Republican convention "a safer world" on Thursday and said he launched the war against terror "not for pride, not for power, but because the lives of our citizens are at stake."

First batch of 17035 unemployed Graduates selected for employment

The first batch of unemployed graduates numbering 17,035 were selected for employment yesterday out of 41,305 unemployed graduates.

Tigers tendered unconditional apology to the irate Gurunagar fishermen.

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam tendered unconditional apology to the irate Gurunagar fisherman yesterday and also agreed to pay compensation for the fishing boats and trawlers burnt and damaged by the LTTE’s armed cadres with the view to end the protest by the fishermen in Jaffna.

ICC States Must Ensure Support for Court: Adequate Financial and Political Backing Is Crucial as First Cases Begin

States that have ratified the treaty establishing the International Criminal Court must provide the necessary financial and political support for the court as it begins its first field investigations into war crimes and crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said today. The ICC’s annual Assembly of States Parties is set to meet in The Hague from September 6 to 10.

Korea lends a hand to drought victims of Sri Lanka

As an initial response to Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s appeal for drought relief, Korean Government yesterday made a donation of US$30,000 (US Dollars thirty thousand).

Political attacks on the NPC and election violence in Sri Lanka

Asian Human Rights Commission said in recent weeks some senior politicians from the government of Sri Lanka have tried to blame the increase in crime on the National Police Commission (NPC). In fact no link between the NPC and the increase in crime has in any way been established.

Prominent NRI Social Activist Fight For Visa Blocked By Advani

From Mukundan C. Menon - Reporting from Kerala, India.

During its first hundred days in power, the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government, especially its Ministers like Arjun Singh, Lalu Prasad Yadav, and Mani Shankar Iyer, have initiated several steps to undo the wrong doings of the former BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government.

Yes and No

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Are the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) equals? I’d say “yes and no”. The question is pertinent because the media has been critical of a remark by Peace Secretariat Secretary General Jayantha Dhanapala that Colombo has agreed to this position/interpretation.

Flower bouquets and brickbats

We publish two letters depicting contrasting stance. These “Letters to Editor” were received recently. “Asian Tribune” receives more than one hundred of them daily. They are all read by our Web Master and appropriate actions according to the merits of those letters are normally taken. A few letters are are passed on to the Editor.

Nepal: Press offices attacked in riots that follow killings in Iraq

The Committee to Protect Journalists deplores Wednesday’s attacks on newspaper and television offices in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, during violent protests that followed the slayings of 12 Nepalese contract workers by militants in Iraq.

Dead in Russia siege may be "lot more than 150"

The number of dead in the Russian school drama is likely to be a lot more than 150, Interfax news agency on Friday quoted a presidential adviser as saying.